Earlier today, a report outlined Apple’s plans to launch an Apple Watch with built-in LTE connectivity.
The report states that Apple will be announcing the product soon, expectations being at this year’s September press event, and that it should go on sale before the end of 2017. It does, of course, caution that the product may be delayed into 2018, but the scenario at this point is that the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE will land on store shelves before the end of 2017.
Unfortunately there’s no mention in the report on a few different things, including price, or other variants that might not feature LTE that Apple may launch at the same time. And now, John Gruber of Daring Fireball has weighed in with his own comment. He starts by saying that “it’s hard to overstate” just how big of a deal this could be.
He also drops this bit of a bombshell:
“…No mention in Businessweek’s report, though, of the all-new form factor that I’ve heard is coming for this year’s new watches.”
Of course, Gruber doesn’t go into detail, so there’s no telling what this actually means. A thinner frame for the Series 3? Bigger? An all-new form factor could even mean the Apple Watch suddenly adopts a circular design, rather than the square shape we’ve come to accept since the smartwatch’s initial debut.
Some might want a thinner frame, but with LTE being built into the device, and GPS already being present, that would be a pretty incredible design decision. We’ve also heard in the past from other sources, including analysts, that the Series 3 will introduce a redesign to the Apple Watch lineup, so Gruber leaning into the same idea certainly adds credibility to the possibility.
How would you like to see Apple redesign the Apple Watch?
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